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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th June 1955 Born today: Mick Jones, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
26th June 1946 Born today: Clive Francis, London England, actor (Masada)
26th June 1933 Born today: Claudio Abbado, Milan Italy, composer/conductor (London Symphony Orchestra 1982)
26th June 1909 Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London
26th June 1902 The Coronation of Edward VII has to be postponed due to the future king's appendicitis.
26th June 1902 Rioting in Watford after coronation festivities cancelled.
26th June 1816 The first prisoners, all women, admitted to newly built MillBank Prison in London.
The Intrepid Fox
The former goth pub where Jagger got Ronnie Wood on board.
Location: 97-99 Wardour Street, Soho
Description: This, for 222 years, was The Intrepid Fox, an old boozer turned goth pub, before it was sadly closed in 2006. The ceramic faience exterior however since has been retained including the splendid relief of Charles James Fox whom it was named after.
It was originally named after statesman Charles James Fox by its first owner, and keen supporter, Samuel House. During the election of 1784 House offered free beer for those who voted for Fox. Georgiana, the controversial Duchess of Devonshire, canvassed many alehouses across the city for Fox, and also became celebrated here, much to her own ridicule.
Rock legend Mick Jagger convinced Ronnie Wood to join the Rolling Stones in this pub. Motorhead's singer Lemmy and ex-Sex Pistols manager Malcolm Maclaren were both spotted here.